October 21, 2019

European Theatre Transport

Crated Glory | spied at the Russell Military Museum near Kenosha WI is this spotless wartime Harley Davidson WLA. It was just the tip of the iceberg… acres of tanks, aircraft, helicopters, armored personnel carriers… fascinating place.

October 19, 2019

Leaf Turning

Autumnal Hues | good ride through the changing colors of a Midwest October. It got quite warm (70°F) at times but the air was refreshing.

October 18, 2019

MidCentury Mettle

Chequered Group | Sunny smiles under a Californian sky. More of the Hockie clan after an H&H race. The sled looks like it’s had fun in the dry sand and dirt.

October 17, 2019

Gumption

Tired Out Triumph! Where there’s a will…. here is Hare ‘n’ Hounds racer supremo Charlie Hockie in the SoCal desert after an equipment mishap. Charlie was a contemporary of Brothers Bud & Dave Ekins.

October 16, 2019

Dunedin Dare

Kiwi Biker | cool photo from the sixties of local gang taking kids for rides in southeastern New Zealand.

October 15, 2019

Moto Block

LEGO – a couple of building brick models, one a Triumph Scrambler and the other a beefy Triumph Rocket Three. Both nicely done.

October 14, 2019

Join us in our revolt Brother!

Factory Floor | journalistic photograph from the mid-seventies on the assembly line at Meriden. This was when the workers had a sit-in and production ground to a halt. A guttering flame.

October 13, 2019

Props

Stand Up | One thing the Tiger didn’t come with was a centerstand. Handy for lubricating the chain; makes tire changing a simpler task; and useful for changing the oil. The latter of which I’ll be carrying out soon for the first service. So today I acquired a purposeful stand that allows me to get the bike upright and off its rear wheel. 40 bucks at Harbor Freight. It’s certainly a handy addition to the workshop!

October 12, 2019

J & R

Pet Tiger | I introduced my folks to the Triumph today. They’ve been visiting for a couple of weeks and had to go and see the green machine.

October 10, 2019

Leather Jacket

Ride: I brush my teeth, I dry my hair
I put on skimpy underwear
And I ride
To hell and back
Yeah I ride
Carving up the nation..

Comic song by the late and everso great Kirsty MacColl for a comic piece on French & Saunders. In the video Dawn & Jen are riding choppers through a dreary English countryside- well they’re actually on the bikes which are strapped on a trailer. Kirsty would have been 60 today.

October 9, 2019

Rotring

Technical Tracker by Triumph | accurate linework in this engineering illustration of a fast looking oval dirt machine.

October 8, 2019

Tangiers – Trials

Happy Birthday Matt Damon! 49 today. Broad smile whilst filming for The Bourne Ultimatum riding a lightly customized Montessa Cota by Honda 4RT260 trials bike.

October 7, 2019

I’m alright Jack!

Tanks a Lot! There’s Nothing Like the Union Flag emblazoned on your classic Triumph motorcycle’s petrol tank. Tea & Biscuits anyone?

October 6, 2019

Oily Rag Patina

Black Backdrop | Heavily Modded late sixties Triumph Bonneville fettled for the drag strip. Nice Union Flag motif on the tank knee scoops.

October 5, 2019

Smiles

Tiger Two | an updated photo of the vintage Triumph bike owner from yesterday’s post. This time with his wife on pillion.